A quarry worker is dead after a becoming pinned under a pile of rocks at a Maryland Heights quarry Wednesday afternoon. St. Louis County Deputy Police Chief Joe Delia says the accident happened during blasting at the Fred Weber North Quarry just before 4 p.m.
The victim is identified as 61-year-old WIlliam Sievert of St. Peters. A statement from the company indicates that Sievert had worked for Fred Weber for 24 years.
Police won't comment on how Sievert died, saying just that the incident is still being investigated. No one else was injured.
The quarry is located just southwest of the I-270 interchange with I-70.
The search continues for a hit-and-run driver Wednesday afternoon.
Fox 2 reports the driver hit two people near the intersection of West Florissant and Pope. The victims were taken to the hospital in unknown condition. No description of the suspect's vehicle has been released.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri House members have approved a trio of measures that could reduce taxes for some businesses.
Representatives on Wednesday passed bills that would create new incentives for the construction of computer data centers and investors in high-tech, startup businesses. Both of those measures now go to the Senate.
The House also gave initial approval Wednesday to a bill that would gradually reduce the state's corporate income tax rate from its current 6.25 percent to 4.25 percent by 2016. The bill also would make Missouri's individual income tax brackets subject to annual inflationary adjustments, potentially reducing future taxes for some people. Another provision seeks to increase Missouri's tax collections from Internet sales.
All told, the measures could reduce Missouri's revenues by tens of millions of dollars annually.
It is the third such death of a Menard inmate in less than two months.
Randolph County Coroner Randy Dudenbostel (DOO'-dihn-bahs-sul) told The Associated Press that the 35-year-old man was declared dead in his cell in the prison's segregation unit at 10:36 p.m. Tuesday. The man had a cellmate even though he was in a segregated cell.
Neither Dudenbostel nor Department of Corrections spokeswoman Stacey Solano (soh-LAH'-noh) would identify the man. Dudenbostel says an autopsy is scheduled for Thursday.
Solano says the prison was locked down Wednesday during an investigation.
Tuesday's inmate death is the third suspicious death at Menard since Jan. 31